Saturday, June 20, 2009


Due to the ongoing circumstances at work I have moved all the posts relevant to that to a new and separate blog. You can now find all the Kellogg information in the new London Kellogg Workers Blog.

Hopefully life will return to normal soon and I can continue blogging about woodworking and computers.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

When It All Pays Off

This week I have been "milling" the rough lumber I got and it has turned into a monumental task. The wood I thought was walnut is not but I am not really sure what it is. It has all the properties and looks like Ash so that's what I am assuming it is. It is a heavy as LEAD! Running the 2x8 inch 6 foot long planks through the planer by myself has used a few muscles I haven't seen in a while. It took most of the week to plane a total of 14 planks. This was still just a "rough" planing but at least now I can see what parts of the wood are actually usable.

The cherry wood turned out very nice and I will get to use most of it one way or another. Next week I will be cutting the planks into usable pieces then resawing and final planing to dimension. Hopefully after that I will actually get to make something.
The best part of this endeavour is that I finally can justify buying all those "BIG" power tools like the jointer, planer and band saw. None of this would be possible without them. I suppose I could spend the next year working at it with hand planes, but really, that's not very likely.
My objective is to try to keep what ever pieces I cut as long and as wide as possible. Some of the boards are knotty, checked, split, or water damaged and some even have a little rot. So it will be like working on a puzzle backwards to cut all the best pieces. All the resawing will be to a maximum of 1" thickness where possible. I expect to end up with a lot of 3/4 or 1/2 inch thick lumber when it's all said and done. Still, that will make some very nice wood to work with.
Everybody keeps suggesting I make a table. I don't need a table of any sort, so why would I make one? Maybe they think that's the limit of my skills. Maybe it is. But I still have no intention of making a table.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The BIG Router

I finally managed to get the Hitachi M12 3 1/4 HP router. The price was right as I got it from The Tool Doctor for $179.00 plus taxes and shipping totalling about $245.00. Still cheaper then the 299.00 that Federated Tool wanted.

My plan for this router is to use it in the Oak Park table pretty much exclusively. I'll use the current Mastercraft 2 HP router that's in there now for the Oak Park base plates and jigs outside the table. My little Mastercraft 1 1/4 HP router will be used for "little" portable jobs as it only take 1/4" shank bits anyway.
I am still thinking of getting a trim router, but if I can get around it with the other 4 routers ( I also have the Mastercraft Serpentine Saw) that I now have I will hold off until I REALLY need it. Besides I think I have pushed the spouse to the router limits.
The spouse needed a bird house part fixed tonight which required a couple of holes cut with hole saws on the drill press. That is always a feat on that little drill press so it was good to have the spouse observe this while waiting patiently for the parts. Oh yes, if we ever get this contract settled at work that new radial drill press is now as good as MINE!
I got some beautiful rough cherry and walnut wood from our daughter-in-law's parent's barn. Very good sized 2x8 inch planks about 6 feet long. I have been planing and jointing them and will be resawing them one day soon when I can get the spouse to help me. I now understand why you pay a premium for pre milled lumber. It looks like I may lose up to 1/3 of the wood to just cleaning it up. But it was all free and well worth the effort and education on milling!